Every year, the Canadian Unitarian Universalist Historical Society (CUUHS) fulfills the main plank of its mandate by offering a lecture on some aspect of Canadian UU history. The Society has presented 38 lectures to date, dealing with topics such as Universalist heritage, Icelandic Unitarian heritage, and past Executive Directors of the Canadian Unitarian Council reflecting on their tenures. This year, the lecture was “Mark Mosher DeWolfe of Canada: The Eulogy I Never Gave”, presented by Rev. Dr. Mark Belletini, Minister Emeritus, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, Ohio.
The lecture was held at the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, and is now available to view here.
DeWolfe was the first openly gay minister ordained in Canada, serving the congregation in Mississauga prior to his death in 1988. He was a strong supporter of the CUUHS, prompting them to name the annual lecture in his honour. Belletini, who met DeWolfe when the latter was the a prospective student at the Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California, says of his friend: “although his life intersected with my own in the history of the last century, his life impacted many hundreds besides me. This is a history lecture generated by love as much as study and research.”
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Belletini also attended Starr King and served congregations in San Francisco and Hayward, California, as well as Columbus. He chaired the Hymnbook Resources Commission which gave us Singing the Living Tradition, and sat for eight years on the Ministerial Fellowship Committee, the credentialing body for both the Canadian Unitarian Council and the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Canadian Unitarians are invited to support the lectures and other work of the CUUHS by becoming members. Membership is $20 for one year, and $50 for three years. Cheques should be made out to CUUHS and mailed to:
Rev. Norm Horofker,
5500 Inglis St.,
Halifax, NS B3H 1J8